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An ordinance to make convicted sex offenders a little more “responsible for their actions” was suggested to commissioners on Monday.
Wabash County Sheriff Leroy Striker asked the Wabash County Commissioners to consider adding a $5 fee each time a convicted sex offender moves to a new address.
Striker said there is a one-time fee of $50 to the offender, but that the amount was barely enough to pay the expense of being added into the sex offender registry. He said each time the offender moves to a new address, his or her profile in the registry must also be updated so the public can be aware of the offender's current residence.
“Among a population of about 34,000 in Wabash County, there are 85 registered sex offenders,” Striker told commissioners. “That's a lot.”
Some are under a 10-year registry mandate and others have a lifetime notification process.
By visiting the Wabash County Sheriff's Department Web site, www.wcsd.us, the public can access the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry, Striker said.
“You can see where they live (and work). The new ordinance would help make the perpetrator responsible for their actions without being a burden to law-abiding citizens,” he added.
He said the program was in place in Morgan County, where the local ordinance is helping the county with the costs. Commissioner attorney Steve Downs will take a look into creating the new ordinance.
In other county business, Chief Probation Officer Dallas Duggan requested additional help for his department.
Duggan explained that with Wabash County Drug Court still growing, so has additional work for the probation department.
“We now have more than one person can handle,” he told commissioners. “I can't continue paying for 60 hours a week.”
Duggan requested some part-time help for primarily field work.
Commissioners agreed and cleared the request on to Wabash County Council.